TRICHY: DMK president M K Stalin has resolved to bring significant changes to the lives of people in the state by addressing their grievances through an outreach programme. Launching DMK’s “Go to the Village” campaign at Pulivalam village in the home town of former party president, late M Karunanidhi, in Tiruvarur district on Wednesday, he praised the rural people for exercising their franchise and not abstaining from it.
At the outreach programme organized in a coconut grove on the theme “Let us go to the people, Let us speak to the people, Let us win the hearts of the people”, Stalin elaborated the importance of empowering villages and people in the rural pockets. “People should come out to speak about their problems and ensure that they are resolved”, he added. He came down heavily on the AIADMK government for the way it handled the cyclone-affected people. He also attacked the BJP-led Union government for allegedly favouring corporate companies.
Bhanumathi, a resident of Pulivalam, sang a folk song praising M Karunanidhi in front of M K Stalin. When the parents of a visually-challenged girl made known her wish to meet him, Stalin called her up close and conveyed his regards. People handed over petitions demanding basic amenities including schools, buses, drinking water, toilets and primary health centres to the DMK leader. Office-bearers of the party have been allocated various districts where they have to undertake the outreach programme. Stalin also participated in a similar programme in Thanjavur in the evening.
He had announced the campaign after a meeting with district-level office-bearers and constituencies in-charge of the party in Chennai on December 24 last year. Though it was scheduled to commence on January 3, it was postponed to January 9 after the state assembly session began on January 2. It has also been planned to cover all the 12,617 panchayats in the state.